1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 9 (UK)
25 x 30 minute episodes
This BBC sitcom starred Michael Elphick as Sam, a working-class bloke whose photographer son, Nick, (Ray Burdis) marries ”posh bird” model, Angie (Lysette Anthony).
For some convoluted sitcom reason, Sam ends up sharing a house in Surbiton with his son and his wife and their baby, and the middle-class mother of ”posh bird”, Daphne Trenchard (Angela Thorne).
The younger couple and their baby live upstairs; the two in-laws share the basement flat. Cheltenham-raised Daphne thinks Cockney Sam is coarse and vulgar, while Sam would like a much closer relationship with Daphne.
His easy-going, earthy manner frustrates her and his taxidermy hobby only makes matters worse, filling the flat with stuffed penguins and other dead creatures. However, after a disastrous fling with con-man Giles Bradshaw (Neil Stacy), Daphne finally realises that the kind-hearted Sam is really the man for her, despite their many differences, and the two embark on a rather more harmonious co-existence.
Wilf (John Grillo) is the theatrically-minded zookeeper who provides animals for Sam to stuff. Flirty neighbour Rhonda (Vicki Woolf) was also seen in later episodes.
The series was exported to the US and ran on various local PBS stations.
Major Giles Bradshaw
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